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January 17-20: Fifth Annual Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update. San Diego, CA.
American Botanical Council founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will be a guest speaker at the Fifth Annual Natural Supplements conference. Get an up-to-date review of natural supplement use and nutritional medicine for pain management, heart disease, women's health, cancer and other medical problems. At this annual three-day conference, more than two dozen nationally renowned medical experts present an evidence-based, comprehensive and timely update of natural supplements to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, other health care providers and the general public. Continuing medical education credits available. For more information or to register call 858-587-4404 or contact us by email at med.edu@scrippshealth.org.

Here's another adjective you can add to the list of conditions that Rhodiola might be able to treat: anti-depressant. Researchers may have found a new treatment for mild to moderate depression in a Swedish Rhodiola extract. You can read about this trial in HerbClip 110677.342: Special Swedish Rhodiola Extract Shows Benefit in Mild to Moderate Depression in Clinical Trial. You can find this story as well as research, community, regulatory and industry news in this month's HerbalEGram and at the American Botanical Council's Web site http://www.herbalgram.org/.

Now in our 20th year, ABC is looking toward an very exciting and productive 2008 as we strive to bring more science-based Herbal Information to the mainstream stream media, to health practitioners, and into the homes of consumers. Your generous end-of-year tax-deductible donation will help make 2008 a great start to another 20 years of science-based Herbal Education!

We wish you a Pleasant Holiday Season and a Healthy New Year!

Sincerely,
The Staff of the American Botanical Council

MediaWatch

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Chinese Herbal Medicine not to be used in ’08 Olympics
Following suit with other locations that hosted the Olympic games, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games has chosen not to treat athletes with Traditional Chinese medicine in an effort to avoid potential doping problems.
Chinese Herbal Medicine not to be used in ’08 Olympics. China View. December 8, 2007.

New Body to Test Chinese Medicines
Within the next year, a Chinese medicine research facility in Australia will be up and running due to a partnership between the University of Sydney and the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.
Alexander, Harriet. New body to test Chinese Medicines. The Sydney Morning Herald. November 21, 2007.

Bounty of the Bog Gets Pricier
Touted health benefits and a bad growing season raise demand and prices of cranberries.
Pereira, Joseph and Betsy McKay. Bounty of the Bog Gets Pricier. The Wall Street Journal. November 21, 2007.

Magnolia Could Sweeten the Breath
Magnolia bark extract may kill more bacteria related to bad breath than standard treatments.
Magnolia could sweeten the breath. BBC News. November 20, 2007.

Canada Bars Seaweed-Apparel Health Claims
Canada’s Competition Bureau has ordered a T-shirt company to remove all claims on its products and website which claim that the seaweed in the shirts improves skin conditions, blood supply to the skin and reduces stress. If the company does not comply, the Canadian bureau could sue the company.
Story, Louise. Canada Bars Seaweed-Apparel Health Claims. The New York Times. November 17, 2007.

FDA isn’t too sweet on the use of Stevia
FDA uses caution when it comes to the use of stevia in foods.
Judge, Kay and Maxine Barrish. FDA isn’t Too Sweet on the use of Stevia. Sacbee.com. October 9, 2007.

Why Garlic is Good for the Heart
Researchers explain how garlic relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure, but stop short of saying that it will reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.
Why Garlic is Good for the Heart. BBC News. October 15, 2007.

Chinese Herbs Ease Menstrual Cramps Better than NSAIDs
When tested against several different alternative therapies for menstrual cramps across several studies, Chinese herbs in any combination came out on top.
Phend, Crystal. Chinese Herbs Ease Menstrual Cramps Better than NSAIDs. MedPage Today. October 17, 2007.

Healing with Herbs: Farmers and Scientists See Plenty of Opportunity in WNC Soil
North Carolina cultivates the local herbal industry so that it will become the “Napa Valley of natural products.”
Neal, Dale. Healing with Herbs: Farmers and Scientists See Plenty of Opportunity in WNC Soil. Ashville Citizen-Times. October 21, 2007.

Rising Herbal Stars Given SupplySide Spotlight
A speech given by ABC’s Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal covering trends in the herbal market is reviewed.
Daniells, Stephen. Rising Herbal Stars Given SupplySide Spotlight. Nutra Ingredients-USA. November 8, 2007. 
 

Events

The following are just a few of the upcoming events that you will find listed on ABC’s Event Calendar.

January 7-18: Plants in Human Affairs. South Kona Hawaii.

January 10-11: Evidence-based CAM for Cancer Advocates. West Palm Beach, FL.

January 17-19: Integrative Healthcare Symposium. New York, NY.

January 17-20: Fifth Annual Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update. San Diego, CA.

March 29-31: The 3rd International Congress of Complementary Medicine Research. Sydney, Australia.

HerbClip

The current HerbClip bin was released on December 14, 2007. Two samples have been made available online to all members:

Special Swedish Rhodiola Extract Shows Benefit in Mild to Moderate Depression in Clinical Trial

Review of Clinical Trials Regarding Effectiveness of Individualized Herbal Therapies

ABC members at the Academic level and higher can access all 14 HerbClips just released by visiting the HerbClip Homepage.

ABC's Individual members can upgrade membership to the Academic level to access all HerbClips.

The HerbClip Educational Mailing Service is published twice monthly and provides printed copies of reviews/summaries along with the original articles (in most cases). This unique educational benefit is available at the Sponsor Member level and for HerbClip Service members. For more information, please contact ABC’s Membership Department by email or by phone at 512-926-4900.